ADDIS ABABA, 8 February 2016 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) continues to support the efforts of the Government of Ethiopia on the path towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development, and its recent initiative to establish integrated agro-industrial parks (IAIPs).
The Federal Government plans to create such parks in Amhara, Oromia, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples and Tigray States to foster rural industrialization and agricultural transformation.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn today chaired a meeting in Addis Ababa to launch the implementation phase of the integrated agro-industrial parks. It was attended by over 180 participants, including government officials and regional presidents. They highlighted UNIDO’s important contribution through its Programme for Country Partnership approach, as well as its overall coordination role in the development of IAIP feasibility studies and business plans.
“Expanding integrated agro-industrial parks is one of three focus areas of UNIDO’s Programme for Country Partnership for Ethiopia. The IAIP initiative is expected to help drive the structural transformation of the economy and support the country in reaching its Vision 2025 goal of becoming a light manufacturing hub in Africa,” said ZOU Ciyong, the Director of UNIDO’s Partnership Department.
The UNIDO Programme for Country Partnership also contributes to inter-ministerial coordination and helps bring in development partners, including the Italian Development Cooperation, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The development of integrated agro-industrial parks will also be on the agenda of the first International Investment Forum to be held in Addis Ababa later this year.
For more information on UNIDO’s Programme for Country Partnership for Ethiopia, please contact:
UNIDO Industrial Development Officer